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Rainbow Trout

Fish / Oncorhynchus mykiss
Length 20-24"
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

Rainbow trout are gorgeous fish, with coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on range, habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins. The rainbow trout is a member of the family of fishes that also includes salmon, char, and grayling. They can live in the wild up to 12 years, but average 4-6 years. Rainbow trout are raised in aquaculture in the U.S., making this fish a local sustainable seafood choice for Tennessee.

Rainbow trout are native to North America west of the Rockies from Alaska into northwestern Mexico
Rainbow trout prefer cool, clear streams and lakes, but can survive in most lakes or ponds as long as there is cool, oxygenated water in the depths
Their diet consists mainly of immature and adult insects, plankton, crustaceans, fish eggs, and small fishes
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